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UNFPA Official Promotes Development Focus On Adolescent Girls In Interview

Inter Press Service: Q&A: The Face of the Future is an Adolescent Girl “‘The future is today aged 10 and it’s an adolescent girl,’ Kate Gilmore, deputy executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said in an interview with IPS in Johannesburg. Gilmore discussed the impact on African…

10M Children In Middle East To Receive Polio Vaccination, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: 10 million children in Mideast to get polio vaccine: U.N. “Millions of children in the Middle East will be vaccinated against polio this month after the crippling disease resurfaced in conflict-hit Syria, the United Nations said Sunday…” (3/2).

Food Crisis Set To Worsen In CAR, U.N. Official Warns

News outlets discuss the challenges that U.N. agencies face in delivering food to conflict-torn Central African Republic. Agence France-Presse: Food crisis looms in strife-torn Central Africa: U.N. “A food crisis is looming in the Central African Republic after nearly a year of inter-religious violence, a U.N. humanitarian official warned Sunday…”…

IRIN Investigates Food Security Situation In Zimbabwe

IRIN: Unraveling Zimbabwe’s ‘food crisis’ “Is there a food crisis in Zimbabwe? The U.N. says 2.2 million people will be in need of food assistance until the end of March, based on a 2013 government-led joint survey by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC). But the government is now questioning…

WFP Official Urges Inclusionary Policies For Food Security

Devex: Not just beneficiaries: Make the poor partners in fighting hunger “How can you feed a billion people and lift them out of poverty while making sure their development progress is sustainable? For a senior official at the U.N. World Food Programme, we can by making them active agents in…

Long-Term Impact Of Food Vouchers ‘Remains To Be Seen’

The Economist: Giving generously “…Last year, the WFP helped to feed over 90 million people in 80 different countries. But the way it distributes food relief has been changing. … Economists now see the next great challenge for the international community as reducing the negative consequences of malnutrition rather than…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Discusses WHO Consolidated Guidelines Supplement on HIV

The Center for Global Health Policy “Science Speaks” blog discusses the WHO launch of the March 2014 Supplement to the 2013 Consolidated Guidelines on the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating and Preventing HIV Infection. The supplement provides “responses to the guidelines to date … highlights trends to help countries…

Near East, North Africa Governments Conclude FAO Regional Conference

“Governments from the Near East and North Africa [on Friday] wrapped up a five-day meeting on regional food security challenges pledging enhanced cooperation to tackle the critical issues of water management, food waste and building more resilient rural communities. In a final report, the 32nd FAO regional conference for the…

March 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The March 2014 issue of the WHO Bulletin features an editorial on the difficulty of making healthy choices, an article about operationalizing WHO’s definition of unsafe abortion, and an article on how insecticide resistance in Malawi threatens to reverse gains in the country’s control of malaria, among other articles (March 2014).

U.N. Increasingly Concerned About Humanitarian Situation For Children In CAR, South Sudan

Media outlets discuss U.N. humanitarian efforts to help children in the Central African Republic and South Sudan crises. Reuters: U.N. says C. Africa, S. Sudan refugees ‘in poor shape,’ children hardest hit “People fleeing conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan are growing increasingly sick and hungry with children…